Simpson University ‘Strike Teams’ Receive Civic Recognition Award

For Immediate Release


Strike Teams Award

Strike Teams Award

REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University’s Strike Teams has been named 2017 Civic Organization of the Year by Redding’s Good News Rescue Mission.

“They are an amazing partner in so many different ways,” said Ken White, the mission’s development director. “Their students are going to go out into the world and be amazing ambassadors for Christ. But while they’re here in Redding, they’re amazing ambassadors for Christ right here in our city.”

The award was presented during the mission’s annual Volunteer of the Year Awards ceremony on Veda Street. Eighteen awards were given to individuals and organizations that have supported the mission through volunteer efforts.

Congressional Certificate

Congressional Certificate

In addition, each recipient received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition signed by U.S. Rep. Doug LaMalfa.

Simpson Strike Teams started in 2012 in response to student desire to help meet community needs year-round. In the past five years, hundreds of students—as well as Simpson faculty and staff—have served more than 8,000 hours on nearly 300 projects, including cleanup, maintenance, construction, moving and helping at large community events.

Strike Teams has partnered with the Good News Rescue Mission on multiple projects, including demolition work, cleaning, washing vehicles, gardening, setting up for events, and delivering food donations.

Good News Rescuse Mission Award

Good News Rescuse Mission Award

"It is an honor to be recognized by the mission, an organization that is committed to loving every single person that walks through their doors," said Hannah Dewater, coordinator of community services at Simpson. "They exemplify Christ and have been a great partnership with Strike Teams."

In addition to the rescue mission, Strike Teams has also partnered with community organizations such as Northern Valley Catholic Social Service, KIXE-TV, Compass ShiningCare, the Shasta County Probation Department, Homeless Rock Stars, and the American Red Cross.

Strike Teams has been recognized with a California State Senate certificate of appreciation and Community Partner Award from Compass ShiningCare, as a KIXE-TV Volunteer of the Month, and received a certificate of appreciation from the Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in 2015. They were also recognized in 2017 by Northern Valley Catholic Social Service for their ongoing support of NVCSS events.

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Photo: Hannah Dewater, center, coordinator of community services at Simpson University, receives the Good News Rescue Mission’s 2017 Civic Organization of the Year award on behalf of Simpson Strike Teams. Standing with her are Janet Shields, the mission's volunteer coordinator, and Robert Cronic, president of the mission's board.



Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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